Vancouver Runs You Might Like - December

Vancouver Runs You Might Like - December

December; the month that runners start to consume extra jars of nutella in order to store calories before their winter hibernation cycle begins.

If you're looking to go get at it this month there are still a few great race options. Here's what's happening in and around Vancouver this December.

Gunner Shaw Memorial XC

Gunner Shaw XC

Date: December 2, 2017
Distance: 5k, 10k

Although it's probably missing some barbed wire, this race is pretty much nature's Tough Mudder. It has epic variety including grass, sand, puddles, and tons of mud to satisfy any cross country runner, trail/ultra runner or even the curious road runner looking for a change. 

> Get more details about the Gunner Shaw XC...

Chase The Pace II

Chase the pace

Date: December 2, 2017
Distance: 5k 

Throw down a 5km time trial with Mile2Marathon Vancouver and lululemon at Chase The Pace II. This event at the UBC track has professional timing, speedy pacers, and all sorts of other rad stuff. The event is open to runners of all levels and capabilities. Also, Beers at Biercraft afterwards, be there!

> Get more details about Chase The Pace II...

Ugly Christmas Sweater Dash

Date: December 2, 2016
Distance: 5k

The Ugly Sweater Dash is a community event featuring an untimed 5km run, holiday music, craft beers, and family entertainment. If you're looking to break out your holiday sweater a bit early and take it for a run this is the time to do it!

> Learn more about the Ugly Christmas Sweat Dash....

Lynn Valley Adventure Run

Date: December 10, 2017
Distance: As much as you can do in 1.5 hours, 3 hours, or 5 hours

The people that brought you last month's Super Mini Itsy Bitsy Barkely are back with the Lynn Valley Adventure Run! This style of race will have checkpoints scattered around the Lynn Valley/Rice Lake/McCartney Creek area, each with different point values. Competitors will have to try come up with (and subsequently follow) an optimal route to collect as many points as they can within their chosen time limit.

The terrain around the North Shore is a nice mix of beginner friendly trails and roads that are closer to the start/finish and some more technical terrain further away. It should offer a good introduction for anyone new, while providing others with the opportunity to explore some of North Vancouver's exotic plant life!

> Get the details about the Lynn Valley Adventure Run... 

Big Elf Run

Big Elf Run

Date: December 16, 2017
Distance: 5k, 10k

The Big Elf Run gives you a chance to squeeze in one last holiday themed run before last minute holiday planning takes over your life. The course follows a mellow Stanley Park route. Dress up if you can or at the very least wear some candy cane themed socks!

> Learn more about the Big Elf Run...


parkrun 5k vancouver

Date: Every Saturday
Distance: 5k

Tremendously popular in Europe, parkrun is a weekly, free, timed 5k run that happens every Saturday in Richmond. The runs are open to people of all ages and abilities, and are timed with an individual barcode that tracks your stats online.   

> Get more info about parkrun Vancouver

Looking for More Races?

Already familiar with these? You can always head to to get a full list of upcoming Vancouver road runs, trail runs, and OCRs.

Published on Nov 28, 2017